Research Centres and Groups

The strong research credentials of our staff are a distinguishing feature of the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy.


Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
conducts high quality research to elucidate and promote well-being, quality of life and effective functioning in individuals and organisations in the community.
The Centre is also involved in looking at strategies to deal effectively with social and psychological problems.



The Centre for Sleep Research is funded by UniSA as well as government and industry support, the Centre extends our understanding and perception of human performance, sleep and behaviour. It is the largest dedicated sleep research facility in Australia and features a state-of-the-art laboratory.  The Sleep Research Centre is proud to house the following research concentration:

Cognitive Ageing and Impairment Neurosciences
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory




Social Change Research Group is a newly formed Centre building upon many years of ongoing research undertaken in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia.  The Centre’s strengths are in the fields of social work, sociology, gender studies, social policy, politics and social psychology. CSC researchers use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to examine social issues occurring in South Australia, Australia and globally. Our central aims are to critically examine social issues and understand processes of social change working in collaboration with communities to use our research to transform social inequalities and work towards socially just societies.




Conservation Psychology and Applied Animal Behaviour Research Group primarily focuses on behaviour and cognition of animals, applying principles of psychology to enhance psychological wellbeing or ‘quality of life’ and ensure maintenance of behavioural diversity through enrichment (food enrichment, non-food enrichment, touch screens) and to further our understanding of problem-solving abilities in non-human animals.


We also offer high level consultancy services.



Areas of study and research

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